MIT Forum launches manufacturing technology advisory board

Leaders from academia and the technology industry will work together to share ideas and plan ways to help the U.S. manufacturing industry transform.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
July 25, 2012 - MMH Editorial

Today, MIT Professor David Simchi-Levi, founder of the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation, announced the formation of the Forum’s Manufacturing Technology Advisory Board. The board will bring MIT academia and research together with major technology providers and industry leaders to collaborate on key issues in the U.S. manufacturing industry, such as technology, process innovation, supply chain risk and reshoring enablers.

“The manufacturing industry is in need of process and technology transformation to enable innovation, efficiency, and sustainable business growth and I think this board will help lead that conversation and effort,” said Simchi-Levi.

The board will work under Simchi-Levi’s direction and will be chaired by the Forum’s Chief Strategy Officer, Leslie Sheppard.

The MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation also announced today that Infosys, a global provider of business consulting, technology, engineering and outsourcing services to the manufacturing industry, has become a strategic partner sponsor of the Forum and is joining the technology advisory board.

“As the U.S. economy improves, there is tremendous interest in Manufacturing and American companies are leveraging technology extensively for growth and differentiation. Infosys’ partnership with the MIT Forum will create thought leadership and best practices in the area of Advanced Manufacturing to help companies with technology led transformation,” said Ravi S Kumar, Vice President of Consulting & Systems Integration, Manufacturing at Infosys.

“We welcome Infosys to the board and I am very excited to work with and leverage Infosys’ expertise and vision for advanced manufacturing technology transformation,” added Simchi-Levi.

The MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation is a unique community composed of academics and industry members whose support allows Forum researchers to provide customer-focused solutions to design and manage the new supply chain. The Forum has pioneered a deeper understanding of the supply chain and its relationship to corporate strategy and has broad support from a wide cross-section of industry.



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